Did you notice that the paragraph beginning with vs 15 includes five references to the “free gift.” I confess that those two words are enough to stop me reading any flyer. We’re all wary of things that are supposedly free. We’re quick to ask,
where is the catch?" The great preacher Campbell Morgan once preached at a Welsh mine. He talked about the free gift of God’s grace. His message was simple, if we turn to God and confess our sins, we are reconciled to God, we are saved. One of the miners challenged him after and said, “That just sounds to easy. What’s the catch?” Morgan replied, “How did you get down into the mine today?” “In an elevator shaft,” the miner said. “And did you pay for the elevator?” asked Morgan, to which the miner replied “no." Then Morgan said that the elevator wasn’t “free." It had been built at enormous expense by the mining company, though it was free for the miners to use. “So, it is with God,” Morgan concluded, “What is free to us came at a great cost to Christ Jesus.”
We are always to treasure the free gift of God’s grace.